You can’t say you can’t play.
Huh? I can say whatever I want about myself, can’t I?
Lenny Levine was a great kindergarten teacher. And he ran his class by this one rule.
It means that if another kid comes along, you need to include them in your game.
Ah. You can’t say, “You can’t play.” Two referents for “you.” That’s clearer. But is that it?
Well, so what?
It changes everything.
It puts an emphasis on connection, not exclusivity.
It changes the dynamics of belonging.
It weaves together a foundation that crosses traditional boundaries.
That all sounds good but it changes the game, too, doesn’t it? Some games aren’t expandable.
It’s a bit like giving every kid in the class a Valentine’s Day card.
Some say that it cheapens the sentiment
because it’s not about selection, it’s about inclusion.
I think we’ve got plenty of selection already.
MacKenzie: “My job consists of listening to people’s ideas and saying, ‘That’s great.’ Of encouraging them.”
Interviewer: “But what if the idea isn’t great? Aren’t you afraid of encouraging a bad idea?”
MacKenzie: “Nope. Bad ideas won’t make it. We have plenty of discouragement built into our organizations.”
Yes, we have plenty of selection of all kinds, and plenty of discouragement for self and for others.
But not today. And, if I choose, not tomorrow either.
That’s a great idea.
And yes, you can play too.